Qatar Airways takes delivery of First Boeing Aircraft

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Friday, 30 November 2007

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing aircraft as part of the airlines aggressive expansion strategy into the next decade. The first of Qatar Airways 32 Boeing 777 aircraft arrived at Doha International Airport Thursday afternoon following its long flight from Seattle with airline management, senior Boeing executives and US media onboard.

The 335-seat Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft features 42 seats in Business Class in a 222 configuration, each offering a generous pitch of 78 inches and individual TV screens measuring 15.4 inches. Economy Class has 293 seats in a 333 configuration with a 32-inch pitch and 10.6- inch TV screens, designed to offer optimum viewing. Both Business and Economy class cabins offer in-seat PC power supply.

The aircraft also features a revamped inflight entertainment system, Oryx Entertainment, offering each passenger more than 700 entertainment options.

Qatar Airways has confirmed orders for fourteen Boeing 777-300ERs, six 777-200LRs and seven 777-200Fs, with deliveries running until mid-2010. There are options for a further five Boeing 777 aircraft. The two passenger Boeing 777 variants will facilitate a major expansion in the airlines long haul passenger network.

The Boeing 777-200 freighters, which will be delivered from 2009, provide outstanding economics enabling Qatar Airways to build up an efficient cargo hub linking Europe and Asia, supplemented by its regional wide-body freighters.

Earlier this month, Qatar Airways strengthened its relationship with Boeing by confirming orders for 30 of the companys next generation Boeing 787 aircraft with options for a further 30.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said, With a capability of flying 16 hours non-stop, the Boeing 777 truly does provide Qatar Airways with global coverage, linking Doha with any city worldwide.

Our first first Boeing 777 will be deployed on the Doha Washington route from January 2008, by which time the airline takes delivery of its second Boeing 777. Until then, the aircraft will fly selected regional routes across the Middle East.

The Boeing 777s offer the greatest levels of space and comfort across our long-haul fleet. With a 78-inch Business Class pitch, our 42 premium seats are undoubtedly the best in the region. And our 293 seats in Economy offer the greatest levels of comfort in this cabin than any other airline in the region.

Added Al Baker, But its not all about seat comfort and space. Hospitality and the highest standards of service are our hallmark at Qatar Airways. We are delighted to be among a select-few airlines in the world to introduce the next generation in-flight entertainment systems the Panasonic eX2 onboard our Boeing 777s.

With more than 700 audio and video entertainment options, we have an unrivalled selection for passengers to choose from. More than 150 international movies, over 50 games and hundreds of hours of video and audio programming this clearly is a Multiplex in the Sky.

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